4th January

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.

We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcoming your feedback and suggestions.

Onwards and Upwards!


Snowfall on Maria's Balcony, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, January 2017:
First Quarter - January 5, 19:47
Full Moon - January 12, 11:35
Third Quarter - January 19, 22:14
New Moon - January 28, 00:08




Allotment in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Elizabeth Ann Seton

Chōna-hajimeshiki (手斧初式) at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū. (Kamakura, Japan)
Day of the Fallen against the Colonial Repression (Angola)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Myanmar from the United Kingdom in 1948.
Ogoni Day (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People - Niger Delta)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Pisces: Plant vegetables (leaf vegetables as well).
Water indoor plants.
Mow a lawns.
Enrich flowers.*

Also on this day:

871 – Battle of Reading: Ethelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.

1642 – King Charles I of England sends soldiers to arrest members of Parliament, commencing England's slide into civil war.

1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in London.

1889 - Liverpool seamen strike.

1903 – Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.

1958 – Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit.

1967 – Donald Campbell is killed on Coniston Water while attempting to break the world water speed record.

2004 – Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.

* more information can be found here.